LOCHABER MP Charles Kennedy is urging the local business community to turn out in force when today (Thursday) the local Chamber of Commerce convene a special meeting on the upgrading of the A82.
Widespread concern is currently being expressed concerning the forthcoming overnight closures on Loch Lomondside, with the Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP rejecting local pleas to delay the closures until further beyond the tourist season.
The meeting will hear direct from Graham Edmond of Transport Scotland and, says Mr Kennedy, "the opportunity must not be lost to continue to get the message across."
The MP told Lochaber News: "The upcoming works projects at Pulpit Rock and Crianlarich are long overdue, but many people are concerned about the impact of overnight closures on businesses and locals.
"I would urge everyone in the area to come along to this meeting to make their views known on this vital issue.
"The rejuvenated Fort William Chamber of Commerce is providing a valuable service for networking and communication among members locally, but equally important is the conveying to those outside of collective concerns.
"And they hardly come more important than the future of the A82 itself."
Thursday’s lunchtime meeting will be held in the Moorings Hotel, Banavie.